The Stelzenmueller and Box families sadly report that Agnes Stelzenmueller Box passed away on Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2008, of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 7, 1950, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Fred (Fritz) H. and Betty McIrvin Stelzenmueller.
Agnes grew up in Klamath, graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1968. She attended OIT, earning an associate's degree in accounting technology in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in industrial management with honors in 1994, then an MBA from Southern Oregon University in 1997.
In 1968, Agnes married Richard Box, of Sebastopol, Calif. They lived in Ashland, Ore., and in 1969 had a son Thomas. The marriage did not last, but her love of family continued.
Agnes felt that she could never do enough to provide every opportunity for her son. Thomas' development and his many successes were the things she was most proud of. She also was a very loving caregiver to her mother, visiting and caring for her on a daily basis.
She moved back to Klamath Falls in 1974, beginning a telecommunications career in 1976 at OIT that spanned 32 years. Her final position was Telecommunications Coordinator in the Information Technology Services department at OIT. In her professional capacity, she had responsibilities for state and regional strategic initiatives that supported academic programs and administrative processes, as well as local industry.
At the time of her passing Agnes was nearly the longest employed staff member at OIT. Her knowledge was highly valued in her work on the Oregon Telecommunications Coordinating Council and Klamath Telecommunications task force.
Agnes was very active in the community. She was an early organizer of Assistance League. Since 2004, she was OIT's campaign coordinator for the United Way and joined the United Way Board of Directors in 2005. She was also active in political campaigns and efforts, frequently serving as a Republican Party Precinct committeewoman.
Agnes was preceded in death by her father and brothers, Fred and Kurt. She is survived by her son, Thomas Box, and daughter-in-law, Tiffany Box; mother Betty; brother George Edward Stelzenmueller; sister Ruth Simmons; niece Eisha Hayes; and nephew Craig Stelzenmueller.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held on Nov. 15 in Klamath Falls with pertinent details to be released by the family in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oregon Tech Foundation in Memory of Agnes S. Box. The e-mail address [email protected]
is available for sharing of memories and condolences.
Published by Herald And News on Oct. 18, 2008.